Renaissance City Theatre Company, the producing entity at the Granite Theatre's opening show of their 15th season is "The Foursome" by Norm Foster. Rick, Ted, Donnie and Cameron are home for their fifteenth college reunion. During the weekend the men go out for a game of golf, and it is during this game that the four get caught up on their lives since their college days. They share their successes and failures. The play is set on the eighteen tees of a New England Golf and Country Club.The play isn't about golf, it's about what time does to us all. It's about the way we move away from life's possibilities as the years tumble on. And how memory intervenes in the present to create a seductive euphoria of the past. At first there is a lot of one-upmanship, posturing about how well each has done. That is until the truths start to emerge, and you begin to realize that they're just ordinary guys and they all have their faults and failings. Director Brian Olsen picks topnotch actors to play these roles and infuses the show with high energy, earning it many laughs all night long, winning a standing ovation as its reward.
The four men talk about their lives both in the past and in the present. They are onstage the whole time. Donnie is a man in love with his family who can't shoot golf to save his life. Steve Spartano is excellent in this part, uttering shit every time he screws up a shot and loving his family very much. Rick is a hustler selling boats in Florida, attracting women and is ruthless and charismatic. John Cillino is hilarious as this con artist trying to squeeze money out of his friends for lame brain ideas. His caustic one liners are marvelous especially when he makes fun of Cameron's son being a tap dancing, figure skating kid. John as Rick opens the show with the Our Father Prayer said to Jack Nicklaus. Ted is a stick in the mud until he's had a few drinks that loosen him up like drinking beer at 7AM. Tim Cavanaugh is wonderful as this computer businessman who is on his second marriage and is ready to become a Buddist to please his new young wife. Cameron, a TV ad salesman prone to anxiety who worries the chums have drifted apart. Keith Brayne is a hoot as the worrywart character who dresses in very loud clothes. He is reminiscent of a young Jerry Lewis. His humming and singing the Battle Hymn is a show stopping moment. The men discuss relationship commitment, divorce, virility, finances, fear of losing a younger wife, alcoholism and parenting concerns. Each of the characters have their moment of truth. There is a bet made on the golf game and how it is won takes many twists and turns to give the audience a surprising ending. Norm Foster takes you on a madcap journey of old college buddies at their reunion in this contemporary comedy that audiences will thoroughly savor and enjoy. The show closes with "Oh What a Night" which has to be seen to be believed. So for an evening of fun and frolic, be sure to catch "The Foursome" by Renaissance City Theatre Company.